Behold, I say to you, lift up your eyes and look at the fields, for they are already white for harvest.
How often do you think we miss ministry opportunities simply because we don’t “lift up our eyes?” Jesus has just finished one of the best known evangelistic encounters in scripture with his ministry to the woman at the well. His disciples return from a short shopping trip and are immediately concerned with the scene they are met with. Why was Jesus talking to a woman? Why did we have to come through Samaria when there are faster roads without so many foreigners. It’s time for dinner and everyone is hungry.
All the while they missed a crowd that was approaching led by a woman who’s just embraced faith in Jesus as the Christ! Most know the story. Samaria experienced revival. Because of this one encounter most of the city came to receive Jesus as the Savior of the world.
Do you often take time to “lift up your eyes?” Do we get our eyes so set on whatever task may be at hand, food, shopping, a woman, or where we are supposed to be going, that we end up missing an opportunity for Jesus the Christ to be revealed to one or many?
My wife, Leah, was leaving the grocery store a few days back and saw a woman asking for money. Not a strange sight… but rather than pushing her full cart of groceries to the car, she lifted up her eyes for a moment. She stooped down to greet this woman and discovered that she was from Romania and had recently lost her home. She was sitting on the street with her 5 year old child trying to get enough money for some food. This woman had no signs of addiction or abuse… but was apparently a young, international mother who had lost her home.
Leah went inside and bought the woman and her daughter some fruits and small food items, as well as some flowers to wish her a happy mother’s day. She again stooped down and prayed for the woman and her child. During the few minutes that Leah was ministering, there were many others who walked by and observed this small act of compassion. It ministered to many more than the woman and her child. Be intentional about slowing down a little.
Lift up your eyes. The harvest is usually right in front of us